A loan of $7,225 helped a member to buy wood, sandpaper, brushes, nails, etc.

El Esfuerzo Group's story

Guillermina is 43 years old and is originally from an area called Zitacuaro, an area full of history and traditions, very close to the sanctuary of the monarch butterflies and some of the principal national producers of poinsettias. She is part of the group, El Esfuerzo (The Effort), and she says that they gave the group this name because with much effort they are raising their families. She relates that more than 20 years ago she and her husband created their own business to raise their children and also to provide employment. She makes various articles of wood, such as balusters, wooden boxes for fruit, railings, handrails, etc. Guillermina says that she is applying for a loan to purchase brushes for different types of finishes, varnish and sandpaper to polish the wood, nails, and glue, and that she will buy her supplies in the city of Toluca in stores that specialize in wood. She also says that they take the wood to their house, where they make all their creations, and that now what their customers have been asking for most is boxes for avocados, and that since there are already a number of producers of this fruit, they have placed orders, and this is why they are asking for the loan, to stock a little more wood and begin to make them, because the customers are anxious to get them, and she hopes that with the loan that they are asking for they will have enough. Guillermina says "I hope that this request goes well for us to continue making more boxes in bulk. I hope to advance because now I have very substantial expenses with one of my 'kids' who is now in high school, and this is why I am working really hard to help my husband with the expenses, and this is why I am committed to the loan.

The other 14 people in the group are Yolanda, Consuelo, Maria Clara, Carolina, Maria Isabel, Rosalinda, Guadalupe, Flor de Maria, Maria Isaura, Manuela, Aurelia, Carolina, Juan Carlos, and Angelina. They will invest their loans in repairs for a taxi, to purchase basic ingredients to make churros, to buy fabric, thread, and needles to make clothing, to purchase ingredients to make Mexican snacks, to purchase cosmetics and sell them on installment plans, and to stock a grocery store.

In this group: Yolanda, Consuelo, Maria Clara*, Carolina, Maria Isabel, Rosalinda, Guadalupe*, Flor De Maria, Maria Isaura, Manuela, Aurelia, Carolina, Guillermina, Juan Carlos, Angelina
*not pictured

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Pam McMurry

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